THE FOURTH SORROW: MARY MEETS JESUS ON THE WAY TO CALVARY
The sight of the Mother and Child meeting on the ‘Via Crucis’ (Way of the Cross) was a picture of total sadness!
Tears filled both their eyes…
… the Divine Child and the Sorrowful Mother!
One with a Cross over the shoulders…
… the other a cross in Her heart!
Both their lips, however, sang the same chorus – Fiat…
… Thy Will be done Lord!
Life often puts us to situations of total hopelessness and darkness…
… the way ahead seems closed!
The Compassionate Mother Mary becomes a model for us: To remain faithful and loyal.
(Reflect for some time and personalize the above-mentioned points)
Compassionate Mother Mary, intercede for me, that I may always be faithful to the Lord, as I walk through my ‘Via Crucis’ – my way of the Cross, Amen!
VIRTUES TO BE PRACTISED
Being faithful and loyal to the Lord at all times
Compassionate Mother, Immaculate Virgin, look upon us with mercy. Help us in our daily trials and sorrows. For You are the comforter of those in pain and sorrow. You are the refuge of the abandoned and shelterless. You are the hope of the depressed and the despairing. Have compassion on us and come to our help.
You have known anguish and the bitterness of suffering and pain. Standing at the foot of the Cross, You witnessed the agony and death of Your Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. In deep sorrow, You held His Dead Body in Your arms. As You had compassion for the sufferings of Jesus, and suffered with Him and for Him, remember Dearest Mother, these our particular trials and sufferings (silence for a moment, placing your intentions)
Strengthen us, comfort us, intercede for us and free us from every evil.
Jesus died for us in torments and thus redeemed us through His Death. Compassionate Mother, You had a great share in the mystery of the Incarnation. By the anguish of Your heart and by suffering with Jesus for the salvation of humankind, You are the co-Redemptrix of the human race.
Intercede for us that Your Divine Son may grant us pardon, grace, purity of body and soul and all the spiritual and temporal blessings we now stand in need of.
Hail Mary, Glory Be,
Mother of Compassion, Pray for us!
Let us pray
Grant we beseech Thee, O Lord, Jesus Christ, that the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Your Mother, Whose most Holy Soul was transfixed with the sword of sorrows at the Hour of Your Own Passion, may intercede for us before Your Throne of Mercy, now and at the hour of our death, Amen!
God Bless! Live Jesus!
Fr Jijo Jose Manjackal MSFS